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# 46752 9-Nov-2009 13:22
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There is an article on stuff today which promises February for PVR and HDTV on Telstra's cable network.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/gadgets/3042838/YouTube-on-your-TV

Is this optimistic or is it imminent!

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  # 271290 9-Nov-2009 13:55
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Mr Jackson says that adding YouTube could be "relatively easily do-able".


ya what?
YoutTube *yawn* my Samsung will let me look at youtube... and it looks terrible! Not sure why you would want a PVR to do it.

And I would guess it is optimistic, based on their track record.

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  # 271295 9-Nov-2009 14:24
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Given their record on delivery of Digital PVRs, I will believe it when you have it in your hands...

 
 
 
 




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  # 271296 9-Nov-2009 14:25
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Yes, it's bizarre how the media focus on the wrong things. Watching Youtube or Trademe on your TV is not really anything to aspire to Smile

However, getting HD sport on a big screen is! It irks me every time I see a HD clip of football on the TVone news on Freeview and compare it to the apology for a picture that they serve up on cable.

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  # 271306 9-Nov-2009 15:00
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Thats a big gamble to purchase a PVR, then moving outside a Telstra cable area. You'd be left with a good for nothing PVR. Has anyone seen the tech specs on these things?

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  # 271316 9-Nov-2009 15:29
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I don't think you get to buy it... TCL will adopt the same method as Sky MySkyHDi that you can pay all up or $15/month for unit rental, which I presume both will (or should) include device replacement policy should they broke.




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  # 271319 9-Nov-2009 15:33
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petedawson: There is an article on stuff today which promises February for PVR and HDTV on Telstra's cable network.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/gadgets/3042838/YouTube-on-your-TV

Is this optimistic or is it imminent!

Pete



There's more discussion here too: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=44&topicid=45926


It really does look like it's imminent: http://www.telstraclear.co.nz/sub-sites/homemedia/index.htm


(btw - I agree with other commenters, YouTube on a TV is not the most exciting prospect in the world. My PS3 allows this and it's fairly average.)

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  # 271341 9-Nov-2009 16:24
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Its on NBR
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/tivo-partners-with-bad-boy-isp-telstraclear-sticks-with-sky-tv-114659

"TelstraClear upgrades cable TV, sticks with Sky

Meanwhile, TelstraClear has unveiled a few details about the upgraded pay TV service that will be offered to its 80,000 or so cable customers in Auckland or Wellington from around February.

The service will be built around a set-top box that is custom-made for TelstraClear, called the HomeMedia PVR.

But although the HomeMedia PVR will sport some snazzier hardware specs over its predecessor (including an upgrade to a 300GB hard drive and full support for HD channels), there is no change to TelstraClear’s content strategy: it’s sticking with Sky TV, as widely expected.

All channels offered via HomeMedia PVR will be Sky TV channels, although TelstraClear said it is considering whether to also let customers view YouTube content.

TiVo, by contrast, already lets its users view almost any unportected photo or video or music content held on their PC on their TV, via a wi-fi connection - or copy TiVo content to a PC, PlayStation3 or iPhone."


On TC at http://www.telstraclear.co.nz/sub-sites/homemedia/
 

 

 
 
 
 


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  # 271343 9-Nov-2009 16:36
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Perhaps I'm missing something, but there's still no mention about what channels will be available in HD, if any.



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  # 271347 9-Nov-2009 16:53
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Presumably it would be the current Sky offerings that are in HD. I don't fully understand this, can other content be 'upscaled'.
The current quality of Freeview (non HD) would be a massive improvement on what I get from Telstra at the moment. Is normal Freeview good purely because it's digital or is it processed in some way to be pseudo HD.
I could do with an idiot's guide to all the current different delivery formats!!

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  # 271396 9-Nov-2009 18:29
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Just got the flyer in the mail advising of the service. No purchase required (or indeed possible probably). Just a $99 setup cost and $15/month on top of any premium channels. Might be worth it so I can watch sports in HD since I don't want to move to Sky and get MySkyHDI. Have no interest in HD movies since I prefer to rent or buy my HD content on BR.




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# 271428 9-Nov-2009 20:30
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How's the luck - Just got MySky this week after giving up hope of anything coming out in the foreseeable future.


Trying to cancel the TV portion of my package was another story.  Rang at 8:30am last Thursday morning to cancel - only to be told that I need to speak to the "Termination Team" who don't start till 9am and they would ring me back within 24 to 48 hours.  By the middle of Friday (during Business Hours), I tried again only to be told that no-one in the team is answering calls!!!


Now we are at Monday evening and still no word, so I rang again to see WTF was happening - they once again said it would be 24 to 48 hours before they would get back to me.  By now I was beginning to throw my toys out the pram, so they turned around and cancelled right there and then.


I guess, I'll give Sky their 12 months and see how the Telstra product gets through its infant phases - hopefully with no teething problems Wink 

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  # 271431 9-Nov-2009 20:33
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Hopefully I can be one of those infants

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# 271785 10-Nov-2009 19:26
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foamfollower: Its on NBR
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/tivo-partners-with-bad-boy-isp-telstraclear-sticks-with-sky-tv-114659

"TelstraClear upgrades cable TV, sticks with Sky

Meanwhile, TelstraClear has unveiled a few details about the upgraded pay TV service that will be offered to its 80,000 or so cable customers in Auckland or Wellington from around February.
 


That shows how accurate NBR is, TCL doesn't have any PayTV services in Auckland hahahaha




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  # 271796 10-Nov-2009 19:54
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Typical journalist screw-up...




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  # 271802 10-Nov-2009 20:07
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Well they could offer IPTV services over that VDSL network! :-)

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